Why go abroad for your hen party when you can have a first class hen right here in Ireland?
You’ve pulled the short straw and got the job of planning your best friend’s hen party. Problem is you haven’t a clue where to start and with a job, a social life and a boyfriend to fit into the diary, you just don’t have the time to turn party planner.
Luckily, there are companies out there that will plan the whole thing for you – the theme, activities, and accommodation, leaving you free to take the credit without any of the stress.
Victorian Escapade – a Downton Abbey themed hen party
Victorian Escapade gives everyone a chance to experience the happenings of both Upstairs and Downstairs at the stately Clonard House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. If you’re the type of girls that like a good laugh, a little luxury and delicious food then this is the hen for you. Dress up in beautiful old clothes, enjoy parlour games, a dance and afternoon tea or a delightful dinner in splendid surroundings. What could be better?
Price on request
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Aran Island hen party
Henparty.ie organise hen packages the length and breadth of Ireland but it’s their Aran Island retreat that caught our eye. Put your party in their hands and you really don’t need to think of a thing.
Enjoy an unforgettable night staying in a guesthouse or hotel on the Aran Islands, just off the coast of Galway and Clare. While on the island, choose from a huge range of activities to suit your group -from a bike tour or pony and trap ride, to a traditional Irish dancing lesson or a cocktail class.
In the evening a meal will be arranged in one of the islands best restaurants and then it’s off on a pub tour around the island’s three pubs.
Prices start from €99 per person.
Naked Man Sketch in Carlingford
Brought to you by Henit.ie we think this hen party would be a right giggle and being in one of Ireland’s most up and coming hen locations,a night of partying is guaranteed.
This package includes self catering accommodation, your art class (the poor man!!) a three-course dinner, VIP entry to a nightclub and more.
Prices from €110 per person.
Contact: Info@henit.ie or visit the website.
Muddy Heights & Mud Wraps at Todds Leap
Whether it’s an overnight package, an adventure spa package or a just a few fun activities you’re interested in, Todds Leap Activity Centre offers the ultimate hen party in Northern Ireland. With over 16 adrenaline fueled activities, you’ll not be short of fun-filled hen party ideas! Onsite facilities include Benjamin’s licensed restaurant and Todd Sleep Mountain, which boasts log cabin accommodation for over 100 guests. They also work in partnership with a local spa, to offer you exclusive use of spa facilities and will even throw in chocolates and bubbly!
Price from £145 pp includes three activities, 1 night B&B and a spa experience.
Contact: Info@toddsleap.com or visit the website
Chocolate & Bubbly Workshop at Ballyknocken House Cookery School
Located in Co. Wicklow Ballyknocken House, Farm and Cookery School is a charming 4* Victorian style farm guesthouse where good food is the central focus. Their alternative hen parties cater from 6 t0 50 people and include a private fun, hands on cookery class resulting in wonderful food, lots of laughter and a very memorable occasion. They also offer a range of outdoor activities including archery, clay pigeon shooting, sheep herding and falconry and you can combine your hen with an overnight stay in the seven on-site bedrooms.
Price on request
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Surfing in Portrush with Alive Surf School
Why not try something completely different? Going surfing is a brilliant way to entertain the girls and you couldn’t be in better hands than with Alive Surf School. Enjoy the thrills (and spills) of a two hour surfing lesson at picturesque West Strand, Portrush. All equipment is provided including a cosy winter-wet suit, surf board and, depending on the time of year, boots and gloves. There’s hot showers and changing rooms and you can even request free photographs. If you want to make a night of it Alive Surf School work with a range of accommodation partners and can even organise a private cocktail lesson with an expert mixologist to kick start the party – after the surfing of course!
Price from £20pp for a hen surfing lesson. Accommodation and surfing packages start from £32.50.
Off with Ned’s Head – Game of Thrones hen party
Hen cruise party in Carrick on Shannon
If you don’t mind leaving the dry land behind, Carrick Self Catering run Hen Cruise parties on the Carrick on Shannon. Enjoy a one hour moon river party cruise on the river Shannon with full bar and disco on board; a three course dinner with a glass of wine from a choice of local restaurants, free entry to a local nightclub and a complimentary glass of bubbly or cocktail on arrival and an overnight stay in waterside self-catering accommodation.
Prices from €100 pp
Contact; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website
Burlesque hen party
If you want to shake it out try The Burlesque Party at the Irish Burlesque School. Parties last 90 minutes and you’ll be taught an elegant but fun mix of classical and modern Burlesque using feather fans, garters, cane’s and fabulous showgirl moves which are put together into a show stopping routine. Light-hearted, exuberant and suitable for women of all ages.
Price: €250 for up to 15 people in the Dublin based studio
The well-being hen party
Are you looking for something completely different to celebrate your transition to a becoming a married women? Get away from all the silly games, alcohol overindulgence and fancy dress – The Boghill Centre, Kilfenora is the perfect place to retreat to with your hen friends and indulge, pamper and enjoy yourselves in a different way. A real cleansing, balancing and invigorating hen experience! A typical itinerary includes ceramic of cob building, a spot of yoga or chakra balancing, a pampering therapy, non alcoholic cocktails and a hearty vegetarian dinner. (In case you don’t want to go all out on the detox you can bring your own wine.)
Price: from €180 pp including one night B&B
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